Vinci beats Pliskova to reach semifinals of Wuhan Open

WUHAN, China (AP) U.S. Open finalist Roberta Vinci beat Karolina Pliskova 7-6 (2), 6-3 to advance to the semifinals of the Wuhan Open on Thursday.

The 15th-seeded Italian saved three of four break points and took advantage of 30 unforced errors by the eighth-seeded Pliskova.

Vinci, who has won 10 of her last 11 matches, next faces the winner of the quarterfinal between Venus Williams and Johanna Konta later Thursday.

Also, fifth-seeded Garbine Muguruza of Spain coasted to a 6-2, 6-2 win over Anna Karolina Schmiedlova.

Muguruza, who needed just 72 minutes to dispatch her Slovakian opponent, will play either Angelique Kerber or Coco Vandeweghe in Friday’s semifinals.